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Nationals pull out wild win over Pirates with ninth-inning homer

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PITTSBURGH -- The Washington Nationals' anemic offense found a way to come to life when they needed it most.

Ronnie Belliard hit two homers and Lastings Milledge's two-run shot with two outs in the ninth lifted the Nationals to a wild 7-6 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

Belliard added an RBI single during his first game back from the disabled list and Dmitri Young and Jesus Flores also homered for the Nationals, who had lost four in a row and eight of nine.

"We been lacking the power pretty much the whole season so to see them come in bunches today, that's a good sign," said Washington manager Manny Acta, whose team had scored only six runs in their past four games and eight total runs in their previous eight defeats.

Pittsburgh's Matt Capps (0-1) had been 15-for-15 in save opportunities and appeared headed to his third save in as many days when he got two quick outs to open the ninth. But on successive pitches Elijah Dukes doubled to right and Milledge homered to left.

"We all know that Capps is an aggressive guy, and Dukes and I are aggressive hitters, so we were trying to get to him early in the count," Milledge said. "We knew we were going to get that fastball and that's what we were looking for, and both of us got it."

Entering the game, the Nationals were last in the National League in both runs and homers and were 1-31 when trailing after six innings. They were winless in 35 games when behind heading into the ninth. The Pirates hadn't lost a game all season when leading at any point after the sixth.

"They beat me tonight," Capps said. "I felt like I had good stuff tonight. They just beat me."

Joel Hanrahan (2-2) got the final two outs of the eighth for the win, and Jon Rauch pitched a perfect ninth for his 13th save.

"We just had some guys step today," Milledge said. "It seemed like everybody wanted to be that leader, that guy that everybody kind of jumps on and rides. We had about four guys that really wanted to get the job done today and fight to win. And when you have that, you can't expect nothing but good results."

Ryan Doumit went 4-for-4 with two home runs, three runs and three RBI for the Pirates.

Trailing 5-4 in the eighth, the Pirates scored two runs on Xavier Nady's RBI single and Doug Mientkiewicz's pinch-hit sacrifice fly.

Young, Flores and Belliard hit solo homers in the seventh -- the latter two in succession against Pirates starter Paul Maholm to make it 5-4.

That came after he faced only three above the minimum through six. Maholm gave up four runs and 10 hits with no walks and four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.

"For the first six innings, I cruised," Maholm said. "They were hitting the ball on the ground. I was keeping the ball down. In the seventh, for some reason they started hitting everything I threw out (of the park)."

The Nationals fell behind early when Doumit capped a three-run first inning for the Pirates with his blast to right against Washington starter Tim Redding with Bay aboard. Earlier in the inning, Nate McLouth scored on Freddy Sanchez's groundout.

All Redding would allow through the remainder of his six innings was Doumit's seventh homer, a solo shot in the sixth. Redding was charged with four runs and eight hits, walking one and striking out three.

It was the second multihomer game of the year for Doumit, who had been only 1-for-12 since coming off the disabled list.

Belliard, who had been 0-for-15 in four games on a rehabilitation assignment in Double-A and Single-A, homered to left with two outs in the fifth.

Notes

  • The start of the game was delayed 10 minutes by threatening skies.
  • Belliard was the second National to homer twice in a game this year, matching the feat of Ryan Zimmerman May 7 at Houston.
  • The only other time Washington players hit consecutive homers this season was April 29 against Atlanta when Zimmerman and Nick Johnson did it.
  • It was the third four-hit game of Doumit's career.
  • The last time the Nationals hit five homers in a game was May 9, 2006, at Cincinnati.
 
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Lastings Milledge slams the winning home run with two outs in the ninth to spark the Nationals.  (AP)
Lastings Milledge slams the winning home run with two outs in the ninth to spark the Nationals. (AP)

Players of the Game
Washington

R. Belliard
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 3
Pittsburgh

R. Doumit
AB 4
R 3
H 4
HR 2
RBI 3
 
Washington Nationals
Cristian Guzman, SS5020000 .310
Elijah Dukes, RF5120013 .207
Lastings Milledge, CF5122002 .251
Dmitri Young, 1B4131001 .266
    Willie Harris, PR-3B1100010 .156
Aaron Boone, 3B-1B4000021 .254
Jesus Flores, C3111110 .318
Ronnie Belliard, 2B4233000 .225
Wily Mo Pena, LF4000002 .200
    Luis Ayala, P0000000 .000
    Charlie Manning, P0000000 .000
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
Tim Redding, P2000010 .130
   a- Felipe Lopez, PH1010000 .239
    Saul Rivera, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Langerhans, LF1000000 .185
Totals39714716  
a-singled for Redding in the 7th
Batting
2B - Cristian Guzman (21, Maholm), Elijah Dukes 2 (5, Maholm, Capps), Dmitri Young (2, Maholm)
HR - Lastings Milledge (5, Capps), Dmitri Young (2, Maholm), Jesus Flores (3, Maholm), Ronnie Belliard 2 (4, Maholm, Maholm)
RBI - Lastings Milledge 2 (25), Dmitri Young (5), Jesus Flores (18), Ronnie Belliard 3 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Lastings Milledge 2 (11), Ronnie Belliard 2 (4)
SB - Willie Harris (2, 2nd base off Grabow/Doumit)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - A. Boone-Guzman-Belliard, Flores-Guzman
E - Tim Redding (1, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
Tim Redding 6844132 4.29
Saul Rivera 1000100 4.03
Luis Ayala (BS,3)0222100 5.66
Charlie Manning 0.1000010 2.61
Joel Hanrahan (W,2-2) 0.2000010 4.24
Jon Rauch (S,13) 1000010 2.56
WP - Tim Redding (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Redding 96-59, Saul Rivera 19-9, Luis Ayala 12-5, Charlie Manning 5-4, Joel Hanrahan 8-5, Jon Rauch 9-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Redding 8-5
Batters Faced - Tim Redding 25, Saul Rivera 4, Luis Ayala 3, Charlie Manning 1, Joel Hanrahan 2, Jon Rauch 3
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nate McLouth, CF4110110 .301
Freddy Sanchez, 2B5011011 .240
Jason Bay, LF3210111 .284
Ryan Doumit, C4343000 .345
Xavier Nady, RF3011101 .319
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000013 .217
Jose Bautista, 3B3000011 .258
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
    Franquelis Osoria, P0000000 .400
   a- Jason Michaels, PH0000000 .241
   b- Doug Mientkiewicz, PH0001000 .228
    Matt Capps, P0000000 .000
Jack Wilson, SS4020011 .300
Paul Maholm, P2000002 .192
    Chris Gomez, 3B2000000 .301
Totals34610636  
a-announced for Osoria in the 8th
b-hit a sacrifice fly for Michaels in the 8th
Batting
2B - Nate McLouth (20, Redding), Ryan Doumit 2 (10, Redding, Ayala)
HR - Ryan Doumit 2 (7, Redding, Redding)
SF - Doug Mientkiewicz (1)
RBI - Freddy Sanchez (26), Ryan Doumit 3 (18), Xavier Nady (47), Doug Mientkiewicz (9)
SB - Nate McLouth (7, 2nd base off Rivera/Flores)
CS - Freddy Sanchez (1, 2nd base by Redding/Flores)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Xavier Nady 1
DP - J. Wilson-LaRoche
Pittsburgh Pirates
Paul Maholm 6.21044044 4.55
John Grabow 1111110 1.93
Franquelis Osoria 0.1100000 4.67
Matt Capps (BS,1; L,0-1) 1222011 2.64
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 88-59, John Grabow 17-9, Franquelis Osoria 9-6, Matt Capps 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 8-6, John Grabow 1-1, Matt Capps 1-1
Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 28, John Grabow 5, Franquelis Osoria 2, Matt Capps 5
Game Information
Attendance - 12957
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Brian Knight